At the end of September we celebrated our Harvest Festival on all 3 sites. We thought about how we can be thankful for what we have and also use what we have to help others. The children brought in tins and packets for Sidmouth Food Bank and we also raised money for ‘Send a Cow’ an organisation that supports people in Africa to be able to grow their own crops and farm their own animals in order to not only sustain themselves and their families but sell some of it too.
Rights of Withdrawal from Collective Worship
Our schools seek to be an inclusive community. However, we respect the right of parents to withdraw their children from Collective Worship. Parents will be invited to a meeting to discuss withdrawal and to explore how their concern may be met. Parents are not obliged to attend such a meeting in which case withdrawal shall be put into effect immediately and the school will notify the parent. Withdrawal from Collective Worship may be in whole or part.
The Academy/School will provide a system of suitable supervision for children withdrawn from Acts of Collective Worship in line with safeguarding procedures. However, no additional work will be set or followed in this time as this is time for reflection. Also, alternative provision would be consistent with the overall purposes of the school curriculum as set out in the Education Acts (see, for example, Part 6 of the Education Act 2002, and Circular 1/94). Parents may also be asked to provide materials for reflection suitable for the child’s age and ability.